Last night marked the start of KLM operations to its newest gateway in China, Chengdu (CTU). For the rest of the summer schedule, KLM, in cooperation with codeshare partner China Southern, will be operating twice weekly B772ER services on the AMS CTU route according to the following schedule:
KL891 AMS CTU 2040 1230+1 Wed/Sun
KL892 CTU AMS 1400 1845 Mon/Thu
KLM will be the first European carrier into CTU, and it is a sure thing that Lufthansa and others will be closely following the performance of the new route. LH has been known to be actively looking into service to secondary Chinese cities.
Last night's inaugural flight was operated by B772ER PH-BQC "Cichen Itza" and the aircraft is meanwhile on its way back to AMS as KL892 with an ETA of 18.34LT.